Mumbai’s crowded jails to go vertical…

In US there is discussion over private and public prisons.

In Mumbai most discussions are around lack of space and need to adjust. This issues reaches Mumbai jails as well. The prisons already have nore prisoners than capacity and continue to be filled. The govt to create additional space vertically now:

The state home department has proposed addition of floors to solve the problem of overcrowded jails in the city. Mumbai’s jails are presently filled 300-400% of their capacity.

“Prisons in the city are only ground floor or ground plus one structures. We will construct additional floors to make them ground plus three or ground plus four structures,” additional chief secretary Vijay Satbir Singh said. There is no space to expand horizontally, so going higher up is the only option, he said.

He said vertical prisons are there in many cities abroad and adequate security measures will be added when the floors are increased.

But Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai will be expanded horizontally, as their is vacant space next to it. It has adequate space and inmates from here are regularly transferred there.

This organisation of prison activity is a really interesting subject. Right from who should run prisons to how to organise them is a nice way to think through several issues of economics and law..


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